Master’s Assistantship: Animal Behavior and Welfare at the North Carolina Zoo

Annual stipend: $23,000.00

Start date: 08/09/2024

Last date to apply: Will reopen Fall 2023

Position description: North Carolina State University (NC State) is offering a 2-year, funded graduate position to students interested in animal behavior research. The student will receive a Master of Science degree in Biology as they complete coursework at NC State-Raleigh and a research project in collaboration with the North Carolina Zoo  staff. Tuition and health insurance will be covered for eligible students, and the student will serve as a teaching assistant for each academic semester of the 2 years.

Students will work closely with PhD-level curatorial staff at the North Carolina Zoo as they design and conduct research, which may address a range of welfare-related topics with animals at the zoo, including but not limited to: enrichment, social behavior, space use, light cycles, diet, and seasonal or habitat changes. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design, conduct, analyze, and disseminate research conducted at the North Carolina Zoo.  The degree conferred would be relevant for a career in animal behavior research, particularly in a zoo setting

Qualifications: Qualified applicants must have a combination of the following: 1) a strong academic background in animal behavior, biology, conservation, or a related field; 2) at least 4 months of research experience (e.g., collecting data, creating hypotheses, managing data); 3) demonstrated interest in research or animal behavior through extracurricular internships, jobs, experiences, or other activities; and 4) some proficiency with data analysis using relevant software (excel, R, SPSS, SAS).

The successful applicant will be expected to enroll at NC State for the fall term 2023 (tuition will be waived) and serve as a teaching assistant each semester for the full 2 years.

The final application deadline is January 15th, 2023, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a suitable applicant has been selected.

Please use this form to apply. You will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, and copies of academic records (unofficial transcripts are fine) in a SINGLE PDF file.

If you should have any questions, please contact Dr. Emily Lynch ( and/or Dr. Jenny Campbell (